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Water reuse

Emily A Chittick, Tanja Srebotnjak
As high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HF) has grown substantially in the United States over the past decade, so has the volume of produced water (PW), i.e., briny water brought to the surface as a byproduct of oil and gas production. According to a recent study (Groundwater Protection Council, 2015), more than 21 billion barrels of PW were generated in 2012. In addition to being high in TDS, PW may contain hydrocarbons, PAH, alkylphenols, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), metals, and other organic and inorganic substances...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Hongwei Song, Fang Xie, Weiwei Chen, Jinrong Liu
This study investigated a forward osmosis and membrane distillation (FO/MD) hybrid system for real dairy wastewater recycling. Two types of FO membranes, cellulose triacetate embedded polyester screen support (CTA-ES) and aquaporin inside (AQP), were employed. Sodium chloride was used as the draw solution. A cross-flow FO cell and an air gap membrane distillation (AGMD) module were established to conduct individual FO experiments and FO/MD experiments. From the experiments, an analysis of the water flux (Jw), reverse draw solute flux (Js), Js/Jw ratio and contaminant rejection was performed...
September 7, 2017: Environmental Technology
Seung-Chan Lee, Jin-Kyu Kang, Eun-Hye Sim, Nag-Choul Choi, Song-Bae Kim
The aim of this study was to investigate Cr(VI) removal from chromium-plating rinse water using modacrylic anion-exchange fibers (KaracaronTM KC31). Batch experiments were performed with synthetic Cr(VI) solutions to characterize the KC31 fibers in Cr(VI) removal. Cr(VI) removal by the fibers was affected by solution pH; the Cr(VI) removal capacity was the highest at pH 2 and decreased gradually with a pH increase from 2 to 12. In regeneration and reuse experiments, the Cr(VI) removal capacity remained above 37...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Annetta P Watson, Anthony Q Armstrong, George H White, Brandolyn H Thran
U.S. military and allied contingency operations are increasingly occurring in locations with limited, unstable or compromised fresh water supplies. Non-potable graywater reuse is currently under assessment as a viable means to increase mission sustainability while significantly reducing the resources, logistics and attack vulnerabilities posed by transport of fresh water. Development of health-based (non-potable) exposure guidelines for the potential microbial components of graywater would provide a logical and consistent human-health basis for water reuse strategies...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Aline R Alkmim, Paula R da Costa, Priscila B Moser, Luzia S França Neta, Vânia M J Santiago, Ana C Cerqueira, Beatriz G Reis, Míriam C S Amaral
This study aims to evaluate membrane bioreactor (MBR) performance in a pilot scale to treat petroleum refinery effluent, and has been primarily focused on (1) investigation of dynamics of organic matter removal; (2) characterization of membrane fouling under real hazardous events; (3) evaluation of the effect of fouling on membrane lifetime; and (4) estimate the membrane lifetime. The results have shown that the MBR was able to effectively reduce COD, NH3-N, turbidity, color, phenol and toxicity, and bring them to the levels required to meet disposal and non-potable water reuse standards...
September 15, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Madhulika Bhati, Radhika Rai
Water contamination being ubiquitous problem across the world. A significant strata of population worldwide are still struggling to get drinkable water. This demand to develop technologies to provide clean water at affordable price is unveiling the need of rigorous research in this area. There are several technologies available for removal of persistent as well as emerging pollutants from water. Nanotechnology-based technology are providing the promising solution because of its extraordinary characteristics like large surface area, low cost maintenance and reuse, etc...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
V La Fauci, G B Costa, A Facciolà, A Conti, R Riso, R Squeri
INTRODUCTION: Nosocomial pneumonia accounts for the vast majority of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Although numerous medical devices have been discussed as potential vehicles for microorganisms, very little is known about the role played by oxygen humidifiers as potential sources of nosocomial pathogens. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the safety of the reuse of humidifiers by analysing the rate of microbial contamination in reusable and disposable oxygen humidifiers used during therapy, and then discuss their potential role in the transmission of respiratory pathogens...
June 2017: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
Toshihiro Ito, Masaaki Kitajima, Tsuyoshi Kato, Satoshi Ishii, Takahiro Segawa, Satoshi Okabe, Daisuke Sano
Multiple-barriers are widely employed for managing microbial risks in water reuse, in which different types of wastewater treatment units (biological treatment, disinfection, etc.) and health protection measures (use of personal protective gear, vegetable washing, etc.) are combined to achieve a performance target value of log10 reduction (LR) of viruses. The LR virus target value needs to be calculated based on the data obtained from monitoring the viruses of concern and the water reuse scheme in the context of the countries/regions where water reuse is implemented...
August 26, 2017: Water Research
Jose Antonio Garrido-Cardenas, María Inmaculada Polo-López, Isabel Oller-Alberola
Urban Wastewater treatment plants (UWWTPs) have played an important and fundamental role in society for water purification of contaminated human wastewaters over the last decades. Microorganisms are very important in UWWTP as their metabolic activity significantly reduces the organic load of the UWW, although there is an uncertain gap in our knowledge regarding microbial consortium structure and their activity in UWWTP operation on a large scale. On the other hand, effluents of UWWTPs have come to be a new source of fresh water to ease water scarcity in many regions of the world, especially in intensive irrigation practices...
September 11, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Lucien W Gassie, James D Englehardt
Net-zero greywater (NZGW) reuse, or nearly closed-loop recycle of greywater for all original uses, can recover both water and its attendant hot-water thermal energy, while avoiding the installation and maintenance of a separate greywater sewer in residential areas. Such a system, if portable, could also provide wash water for remote emergency health care units. However, such greywater reuse engenders human contact with the recycled water, and hence superior treatment. The purpose of this paper is to review processes applicable to the mineralization of organics, including control of oxidative byproducts such as bromate, and maintenance of disinfection consistent with potable reuse guidelines, in NZGW systems...
August 30, 2017: Water Research
Zhao-Hong Hu, Yan-Fei Wang, Ahmed Mohamed Omer, Xiao-Kun OuYang
A novel adsorbent with high selectivity for fluoroquinolone (FQ) compounds was developed, based on the surface functionalization of magnetic carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (M-CCNs) with molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) comprising amine moieties. The imprinting was achieved by a radical polymerization technique, which uses glycidyl methacrylate, tetraethylenepentamine, ofloxacin, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, and azobisisobutyronitrile as the functional monomer, active groups provider, template molecule, crosslinking agent, and initiator, respectively...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Marina Blanky, Yehonatan Sharaby, Sara Rodríguez-Martínez, Malka Halpern, Eran Friedler
Greywater (GW), domestic wastewater excluding the streams generated by toilets and kitchens, can serve as an alternative water source. The main options for GW reuse are toilet flushing and garden irrigation, both generating aerosols. These may transmit inhalable pathogens like Legionella and present a potential health risk. This study quantified the health risk that may arise from inhalation of Legionella-contaminated aerosols due to non-potable GW reuse. Data on Legionella concentrations in potable water and GW was collected...
August 30, 2017: Water Research
Vicky Dhongde, Kailas L Wasewar, Biswajit S De
The objective of present study is advancement of an efficient nanomaterial which was investigated to substantiate its efficiency, using kinetic studies to ensnare fluoride in order to make water potable. A new crystalline ZrAlCa nanohybrid adsorbent for fluoride removal was successfully synthesized by a co-precipitation method in this study. The prepared adsorbents were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, TGA, BET and FESEM and EDX. The adsorption properties of the developed adsorbent were studied using batch adsorption method which shown the noticeable fluoride removal efficiency up to 99% at near neutral pH as well as in acidic pH range...
September 4, 2017: Chemosphere
Kewei Dai, Fenghe Wang, Wei Jiang, Yajun Chen, Jing Mao, Jian Bao
Novel reusable magnetic carbon microspheres (MCMs) were prepared by hydrothermal method with glucose as carbon source and Fe3O4 nanoparticles as magnetic raw materials. And adsorption performance of MCMs for sulfonamide removal from water was investigated in detail. The results indicated that the calcination temperature and calcination time had significant effects on the surface area and its volume porous of MCMs. When MCMs were calcined in 600 °C for 1 h, the surface area and volume porous of MCMs were 1228 m(2)/g and 0...
September 6, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Bridget R Scanlon, Robert C Reedy, Frank Male, Mark Walsh
The Permian Basin is being transformed by the "shale revolution" from a major conventional play to the world's largest unconventional play, but water management is critical in this semiarid region. Here we explore evolving issues associated with produced water (PW) management and hydraulic fracturing water demands based on detailed well-by-well analyses. Our results show that although conventional wells produce ∼13 times more water than oil (PW to oil ratio, PWOR = 13), this produced water has been mostly injected back into pressure-depleted oil-producing reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery...
September 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Samchetshabam Gita, S P Shukla, T G Choudhury, C Prakash, A R Singh
The aim of the study was to assess the potentiality of an agro-waste (sugarcane bagasse) for removal of the textile dye (Optilan Red) using novel column based filtration unit with a packed column of chemically treated sugarcane bagasse. The treated and untreated sugarcane bagasse (biosorbent) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Effect of initial dye concentration on percentage removal of dye, equilibrium adsorption of sugarcane bagasse, kinetic studies, breakthrough point equilibrium and desorption of dye from the column material were studied...
September 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Cristina M Monteiro, Cristina S C Calheiros, Paulo Palha, Paula M L Castro
Green roof technology has evolved in recent years as a potential solution to promote vegetation in urban areas. Green roof studies for Mediterranean climates, where extended drought periods in summer contrast with cold and rainy periods in winter, are still scarce. The present research study assesses the use of substrates with different compositions for the growth of six aromatic plant species - Lavandula dentata, Pelargonium odoratissimum, Helichrysum italicum, Satureja montana, Thymus caespititius and T. pseudolanuginosus, during a 2-year period, and the monitoring of water runoff quality...
September 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Nian Hong, Panfeng Zhu, An Liu
Urban road stormwater is an alternative water resource to mitigate water shortage issues in the worldwide. Heavy metals deposited (build-up) on urban road surface can enter road stormwater runoff, undermining stormwater reuse safety. As heavy metal build-up loads perform high variabilities in terms of spatial distribution and is strongly influenced by surrounding land uses, it is essential to develop an approach to identify hot-spots where stormwater runoff could include high heavy metal concentrations and hence cannot be reused if it is not properly treated...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Kouki Tomari, Saeko Morino, Yuho Horikoshi
A 1-month-old girl developed respiratory failure due to bilateral interstitial pneumonia after bathing in reheated and reused water. A molecular test for sputum and an environmental culture detected L. pneumophila serotype 1. This is the first report of infantile legionellosis contracted from a bath tub at home.
August 28, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Mirko S Winkler, Darryl Jackson, David Sutherland, Jose Marie U Lim, Vishwanath Srikantaiah, Samuel Fuhrimann, Kate Medlicott
Increasing water stress and growing urbanization force a greater number of people to use wastewater as an alternative water supply, especially for irrigation. Although wastewater irrigation in agriculture has a long history and substantial benefits, without adequate treatment and protective measures on farms and in markets, use of wastewater poses risks to human health and the environment. Against this background, the World Health Organization (WHO) published Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta and greywater in agriculture and aquaculture, in 2006...
September 2017: WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
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